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Time Break
Sonic using Time Break
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First appearance

Sonic and the Secret Rings


A move that slows down time

Time Break (タイムブレイク Taimu Bureiku?) is a technique used exclusively by Sonic the Hedgehog. It first appeared in Sonic and the Secret Rings as one of Sonic's special actions under the supervision of Shahra the Ring Genie and his Flame of Judgment curse and later as a Skill in the console/PC version of Sonic Generations. It allows Sonic to slow down time.


Time Break's effects are very similar to the time-altering properties of Chaos Control. When performing this move, Sonic can slow down the flow of time, which in turn slows down traps, attacks, enemies etc., thus giving Sonic more time to scan the surroundings. Unlike Chaos Control, however, the effects of Time Break slow down Sonic's movements as well, meaning that though Time Break grants Sonic more time to react to danger, he still has to choose his next move in good time since his movements are slowed down to the same level as his surroundings.

When Time Break is in use, the game screen turns to gray-scale with several after-shadow effects in the environment. A heartbeat can also be heard while it is in use.

Game Appearances

Sonic and the Secret Rings

Time Break first appeared in Sonic and the Secret Rings, where Sonic could only perform Time Break when using the magic from Shahra's Ring. When Sonic is performing Time Break, he shouts "Time Break". Sonic first learned Time Break in Lost Prologue Paragraph 10.

In order to perform Time Break, Sonic's Soul Gauge must contain enough Soul Energy to reach the burning point (color turns orange). In gameplay, it is activated by pressing Down on the Wii Remote and to deactivate it, the player must press Down on the Wii Remote again. Using Time Break also drains Sonic's Soul Gauge, so if he runs out of Soul Energy, the move will also end.

During the final battle with Alf-Layla-wa-Layla, it was shown that Sonic can also use Time Break as Darkspine Sonic as well, and could do so without Shahra's ring.

Sonic Generations

Time Break reappeared later on the console version of Sonic Generations as a Skill, which can be equipped for 80 skill points on both Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic. It possesses the same effects as it had in Sonic and the Secret Rings, except that it can be used indefinitely in the stages by pressing the PSTriangleButton/XboxYbutton and works for about ten seconds.


  • Time Break is the exact opposite of Speed Break, as it decreases Sonic's speed.
  • Before the game was released, during the final boss, there was a planned combo of the Speed and Time Breaks, but it was removed from the game.[citation needed]

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